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MWAC Information Bulletin
14 February 2014
Issue 182

In this issue...

Events: Submissions:

Vanessa Vamooses
MWAC Project Coordinator Vanessa Fernandez will soon be exiting the waste team to take on new challenges in a new city.
Vanessa is moving to Melbourne, to finish her degree in Terrorising Teenagers (aka teaching) at Monash University.
Vanessa’s last day will be Monday, 24 February. Make sure you get in contact with her before she leaves on 9213 2062 or
Wanna Work at WALGA?
The MWAC Project Coordinator position is now available - Total Package $66K - $73K per annum (incl. 9.25% super), 6 weeks of Annual Leave and flexible working hours.
In this position you will be responsible for the delivery of a major waste management project for Local Governments, and work closely with the Municipal Waste Advisory Council (MWAC).

You will need excellent project management skills, and highly developed interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with all people. Previous project management experience within the waste and/or environment field is desirable.

For further details on the role please contact Rebecca Brown, Manager, Waste & Recycling on 08 9213 2063. Applications from recruitment agencies will not be accepted at this time.

All applications must be received by 5pm Monday, 24 February.
Information on what to include in your application is available at Working at WALGA. Applications must be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer and submitted through our website.
The Price is Right
On Tuesday, 14 January the Minister for Environment; Heritage Hon. Albert Jacob launched the Better Bins Program.
This Program was developed by the Waste Authority, and is designed to assist Local Governments with implementing better practice kerbside collection systems. Funding of up to $7.5million is available for this Program to assist ‘early adopter’ Local Governments with increasing the recovery of municipal solid waste to meet the landfill diversion targets of the Waste Strategy.

To help you prepare your Expression of Interest to be part of this Program, WALGA has a range of preferred suppliers for waste collection and recycling  services and mobile bin supply available to answer any questions. For more information, visit the Preferred Suppliers Directory.
To request quotes from preferred suppliers, WALGA has developed a secure web-based tool called eQuotes. All WALGA Members are entitled to FREE use of eQuotes for accessing WALGA Preferred Suppliers and for management of the Request for Quotation processand for management of the Request for Quotation process.
For more information, visit eQuotes.
TCD Touch Down
The recent household hazardous waste (HHW) temporary collection day held at City of Wanneroo received a whopping 19,615 kg of waste.
400 cars attended the day, dropping off large quantities of paint and batteries.

The next temporary collection day will be held on Saturday, 29 March at City of Belmont.
For more information on the HHW Program, including upcoming Temporary Collection Days, contact Vanessa Fernandez, MWAC Project Coordinator on 9213 2062 or visit the WasteNet website.
Bin It
Keep Australia Beautiful WA has launched the Bin It – You know it’s the right thing to do campaign.
The new campaign was developed after a survey of more than 400 West Australian that people were particularly concerned about the harmful effects of littering on marine animals and wildlife.

The survey also found that young people, aged 16 to 24 years, were less likely to consider actions such as dropping a cigarette butt, leaving rubbish at public events or dropping food scraps as littering.

The new campaign uses graphic images which show the impacts of littering on marine animals and wildlife to appeal to people to consider the consequences of their actions and dispose of litter responsibly.
For more information about the Bin It anti-litter message, contact Bin It on 08 6467 5339 or visit KAB WA obtain free Bin It resources.
The Good Oil
The Preferred Supplier for the Collection and Recycling of Used Motor Oil has been appointed – Wren Oil.
In December 2013 the Preferred Supplier contract for the collection and recycling of used motor oil with Wren Oil finished. WALGA went out to Tender to appoint a new Preferred Supplier and is pleased to announce that Wren Oil has again been appointed.  The new Preferred Supplier arrangement shows a reduction in costs for Local Government.
For more information about the tender process, please contact Rebecca Brown, Manager, Waste & Recycling on 9213 2063.
Slippery Review
Results from the Product Stewardship for Oil Act 2000 review are out now.
The Review, which will be considered by Federal Parliament, includes recommendations to:
  • Investigate mechanisms to deal with high collection costs and poor access to end use markets in some regional and remote areas; and
  • Invest into new or existing collection infrastructure, as well as directly incentivising collection activities – where required.
Last year MWAC provided input into the Review, highlighting Local Government concerns with the ongoing cost of used oil recycling for Local Government and the need for additional funding for infrastructure.  MWAC will continue advocating to ensure the Scheme meets Local Government needs.
The Review can be accessed from the Department for the Environment website.
What Money for Emissions
The Commonwealth Government has released the Emission Reduction Fund – Green Paper and has invited public comment and written submissions by 5pm Friday, 21 February.
The Green Paper is available from the Department of the Environment website,  and within this Green Paper the Commonwealth Government outlines its preferred design option for the Emission Reduction Fund.
WALGA has drafted a submission on behalf of Local Government, with input from the sector. The key point which will be included in relation to waste management is to make sure Legacy Waste is included in any future scheme, this will assist those facilities which are diverting organic material from landfill or producing landfill gas.
For more information on WALGA’s submission, please contact Caroline Perks, Climate Change Coordinator.
The Municipal Waste Advisory Council (MWAC) is a standing committee of WALGA with delegated authority on municipal waste issues. MWAC's membership includes the major Regional Councils (waste management), making MWAC a unique forum through which all the major Local Government waste management organisations cooperate.
MWAC members are:
ONE70, Level 1, 170 Railway Parade,
West Leederville, WA 6007
PO Box 1544, West Perth WA 6872
Tel: (08) 9213 2000 | Fax: (08) 9322 2611
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